Agatha Christie’s Poirot 2.06 The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim (1990, TV) – 8/10

Poirot, Agatha Christie’s 2.06 Disappearance of Mr Davenheim, The (1990)

Mr. Matthew Davenheim, a merchant banker, disappears on his way to the Post Office one evening leaving behind a distraught wife and a convenient suspect in a rival banker. Japp is on the case but foolishly wagers that Poirot cannot solve it without leaving his apartment.

8/10

Great fun but Kenneth Colley’s distinctive face clues the audience in way before it should. Writer David Renwick would take the magic-themed mystery and turn it into a successful TV series of his own on BBC with “Jonathan Creek”.

+ Hastings: “I’d still like to know what the colour of Lowen’s trousers has got to do with anything.”

+ Delivery Man: “Morning Sir. I’ve got a parrot for Mr. Poy-rot.” Poirot, pleasantly: “No, no no. Pwow-oh. It is pronounced Pwow-oh.” Delivery Man, mortified: “Oh, beg your pardon Guvnor. I’ve got a Poirot for Mr. Poy-rot.”

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